AkzoNobel, the paint and coatings company, has set out plans to build a manufacturing site for decorative paints which it says will enable the company to delivery the most efficient supply chain operations, reduce operating working capital and accelerate its response to changing market and customer demands.
It plans to invest 110 million euros in the new facility which will be located within 25 miles of AkzoNobel’s existing site at Prudhoe in north east England.
The new site is anticipated to be operational by the end of 2014. The plans include a proposal to close the company’s Prudhoe site and its manufacturing operations in Slough in three-and-a-half years’ time.
The intention is for Slough to remain the headquarters for the UK Decorative Paints business and for global research and development, and marketing.
Tex Gunning, AkzoNobel’s executive committee member responsible for Decorative Paints, said: ““This shows that we will continue to invest in order to drive world class manufacturing capability, while enhancing customer service levels and ensuring we remain the world’s leading decorative paints business with well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens and Coral.”
And Richard Stuckes, managing director of AkzoNobel Decorative Paints EMEA, said: “This is part of a wide-ranging European strategy designed to strengthen our leadership positions and accelerate sustainable growth. A new facility of this size and sophistication will enable us to be more agile and competitive, while dramatically reducing our impact on the environment, due to lower energy consumption and less waste.”